Conaway Opposes House Democrats’ Rule Package
Washington – Thursday, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement after voting against the Democrats’ proposed rules for the 116th Congress:
“It should come as no surprise that the Democrat’s first act in the Majority was to introduce a package of rules that would be disastrous for the majority of honest, hard working Americans. Instead of requiring thoughtful consideration and bipartisan, super-majority support for any tax increase, the Democrats have slashed historic precedence by lowering the threshold of support required to raise taxes to a simple majority. In fact, Democrats in the House can now vote to raise taxes with a simple voice vote.
“In addition to giving themselves the authority to raise taxes without input from House Republicans, Democrats have also voted to automatically authorize debt ceiling increases to match their grandiose spending plans. This puts our country, already struggling with staggering debts and deficits, on the wrong fiscal path.
“Nancy Pelosi has also used these rules to entrench herself as Speaker, removing the ability for individual Members of the House of Representatives to question her actions.
“While this rule package and its ideals were lauded by the Democrats, my Republican colleagues and I will continue to do everything we can to stand up for the majority of Americans who just can’t afford cost associated with the Democrats’ lofty tax-and-spend ideology.”